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The Author Spotlight will focus on a different author every few weeks – it may feature an experienced writer who has a long history of published books, or a new author who is destined to be a future star. Today our Author Spotlight will be on Alp Mortal. You can keep in touch with the author at the links following the interview!
Author Spotlight: Alp Mortal
First off, I want to thank Alp for taking the time to answer these questions for me. Please feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comment section below!
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
What is the title of your newest or upcoming book?
What publisher is this book being published by?
The Carter Seagrove Project LLC
What is the publication date?
The Awakening by Alp Mortal
Purchase links: Amazon
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m English by birth from the Isle of Wight, living in Newport, spending part of the year in France in the stunningly beautiful department of Haute-Saône in the Franche Comté region. It is heavily forested and very tranquil but the winters are pretty harsh and my home is 820 metres above sea level so I get plenty of snow. I am also spending increasing amounts of time in the USA, co-managing The Carter Seagrove Project LLC – an independent publishing house, incorporated in the State of Indiana. I will be 50 years old in 2015. I only started writing in 2009, proving, I suppose, that it is never too late. I didn’t think about self-publishing until late 2012, now, more than two years later, I’m even more energized by the process than ever before. I’m a qualified English teacher, specializing in teaching English as a second language (TEFL), though I don’t do much of that now. In the distant past, I taught software skills. In the very distant past, I was a project manager on big IT projects and at the very beginning of my career, I was an Internal Auditor. I have degrees in Internal Auditing, Computer Auditing and Project Management. I’m studying for my degree in Sustainable Development at the moment. Renewable energy is what really interests me and I generate my own power at home via a solar panel. I’m a member of The Society of Authors, The Society for Editors and Proofreaders and The Independent Author Network. I grow some of my own food and from Easter to the end of October, I’m outside for the largest part of the day, tending the garden. I write in the evening and during the winter when there is very little else to do. I have no great philosophy except “energy follows intention” and “honour your gifts”. These two principles keep me sane, very happy and exceedingly busy! I am always very happy to receive your feedback. If you wish to contact me directly, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website, alpmortal.weebly.com, for updates on the next gay romantic story or crime thriller which I am working on. Together with Chambers Mars, I am half of Carter Seagrove, author of Dust Jacket and The Inspector Fenchurch Mysteries. Alp Mortal, Chambers Mars and Shannon M. Kirkland are The Carter Seagrove Project LLC – an independent book publisher. Find us at www.carterseagrove.weebly.com, on Twitter @carterseagrove and on Facebook www.facebook.com/thecarterseagroveproject.
Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book?
Poseidon’s wrath, unleashed in the face of Sven the merman’s transgression, causes a tempest which destroys Jeremiah’s village. Most of the villagers lose their lives. In the aftermath, Jeremiah finds Sven marooned on the beach and from him learns the reason why so many had to die. Jeremiah demands to see Poseidon and Sven reluctantly agrees to take him. Sven imparts the gift which allows Jeremiah to breathe underwater. They leave the village and make for Poseidon’s palace under the ocean. But the tempest also set free the Leviathan from its ice prison, and now both worlds are at risk from complete annihilation unless the monster can be destroyed. Jeremiah accepts the challenge of defeating the creature for the prize of immortality. He travels north to rendezvous with Lord Atlantis, meeting Marcus, a merman, with whom he falls in love. Thus begins Jeremiah’s awakening.
What genre does it fall in?
Will you share a few words about your latest book, other than the usual blurb?
Inspired by the Greek myths
Give us a little insight into your main characters! Who are they?
Battling with fate, trusting to love
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
Tell us a little bit about your writing style. When and where is your favorite time/place to write?
Late evening, in bed
What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
Falling For Forever, Charles Raines, 4 star, very enjoyable
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
Always a writer; everything else pales by comparison
What does your writing process look like?
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
I’m gay and writing from the heart
One last questions…totally unrelated to books! I am a passionate foodie. Is there one thing in your pantry that you would be horrified for people to know that you eat?
I’m a vegan – not very horrific
Thankyou so much for answering my questions. I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you! Good luck in your future writing!